Good Morning, God!
Yesterday I was off to downtown to get my teeth cleaned and checked. As I was walking along, I looked to my right and there was the Aloha Tower. There were only a few yards of visibility — a few more steps and I would have passed it by, unseen.
I forget exactly how many data bites we take in each day, God. Billions? Or more. But our conscious mind can only register a small fraction of the whole.
Whole? As I typed that word I laughed! The billions of data bites our senses absorb are a minute portion of an Ever Expanding Whole. Of course, that is just the part we have managed to “see.”
But what we do know sets us in an Amazing Context of Time and Space. I like that, God. I like having my Framework STRETCHED. Of course, it snaps back. I suppose it tends to snap back to 1) Beliefs we were taught when young and 2) Things we WANT to believe.
But back to my walk. I was listening to the book Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War. She was such an iconic figure, God. I’ve admired her creations so I was distressed to learn of her antisemitism! The author “explains” it by saying she was taught antisemitism in a Catholic orphanage where she lived from the age of 12 on. But, that just distressed me all the more — thinking of how people using Your Name taught hatred.
Can we “unlearn” hatred, God? I think the evidence shows that bringing “enemies” together to interact side by side does help to break down negative stereotypes. So did South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation sessions as people shared their injuries or confessed and repented from hateful deeds.
The trouble is, we have to WANT to unlearn hatred. For that, we need Your help, God!